Being a Parish Councillor

What do Parish Councillors do?

Councillors consider and make recommendations on planning applications affecting the area (although they are not the deciding authority), support village events and provide assets which support the community (e.g. village signs, dog litter and waste bins, and benches).

Councillors monitor all the issues that affect the day-today running of the Parish to ensure the best outcome and vote to enable the council to make decisions.

Councillors contribute to the work of the council by suggesting ideas, influencing policy and strategy, and by responding to the needs and views of the community.

If you are considering becoming a Parish Councillor, you will:

  • want to do something positive for your fellow residents.

  • enjoy having a say in how the Parish develops.

  • like to evaluate and debate local issues and help find solutions.

  • like being a part of change, if change improves people’s lives.

  • like taking up issues on behalf of residents.

To be a Parish Councillor

You should be on the electoral roll or have lived in the Parish during the whole of the preceding twelve months, and be:

  • a British citizen or a citizen of the Commonwealth.

  • 18 years of age or older on the day you become nominated for election.

  • An owner or tenant of a property in the Parish.

  • Reside within three miles of the Parish.

You will not be eligible if you are:

  • The subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.

  • Have, within five years before the day of your election, been convicted in the UK of an offence and have had a prison sentence [suspended or not] for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.


The Parish Council would offer training to be able to function effectively as a Councillor.

There is a maximum of 5 Parish Councillors in Bawdrip and it meets every month except for August.